AS Roma coach Claudio Ranieri gave Justin Kluivert a rare start on the wing, while Nicolò Zaniolo (who played for Fiorentina at one time) got the start in midfield. Viola mister Stefano Pioli picked Bryan Dabo in midfield.
Fiorentina captain Germán Pezzella headed a bouncer into the roof of the net after a clever corner routine and nice cross from Cristiano Biraghi.
85 seconds later, Roma’s 19-year-olds connected to equalize, with Kluivert crossing for Zaniolo to head home.
In de 12e minuut kwam Roma 0-1 achter, doelpunt van Pezzella. In de 14e minuut maakte Roma gelijk. Doelpunt van Zaniolo, op aangeven van Justin Kluivert. @justin_kluivert#RomaFiorentina pic.twitter.com/hDtdRVFrlf— BALCIO ⚽ (@Balcio17) April 3, 2019
At 23’, Luis Muriel hit the post after a drive from fully 35 yards out that left Roma goalie Antonio Mirante utterly bamboozled. Would have been the finest strike you’ll see.
Gerson pulled Fiorentina back ahead from nowhere with a volley that took a big deflection off Juan Jesus and left Mirante with no chance.
Diego Perotti evened it up with a deflected volley of his own not long after, though.
Goals: Pezzella 12’ (ass. Biraghi), Zaniolo 14’ (ass. Kluivert), Gerson 51’, Perotti 57’ (ass. Kluivert)
Cards: Kolarov 3’, Simeone 66’, Perotti 70’, Milenković 70’, Karsdorp 71’, Veretout 84’, Biraghi 88’